Anticipation builds for village’s Last Night of the Proms

Last Night at the Proms at Christ Church, Chatburn. (s)
Last Night at the Proms at Christ Church, Chatburn. (s)

This year’s inaugural Ribble Valley Music Festival has become an unprecedented success attracting an increased following to the wide range of music events throughout the Valley and raising funds for many key venues in the process. The festival continues into the autumn with the ever popular Last Night of the Chatburn Proms on September 18th which has become a key live music event in the Ribble Valley.

This success is due to the high quality of performances by first class artists in the marvellous acoustics of Christ Church Chatburn that allows every note and nuance to be enjoyed by the audience of a concert programme including popular and well known music to create a moving and exhilarating atmosphere.

This year the prom includes music from the movies when the atmosphere of a visit to the cinema will be created with popular film clips on the big screen in church plus film specially produced for the concert and that is edited to the live music. Live acting in costume and especially composed poetry have been added to make this a unique and enjoyable evening. Hudsons Ice Cream will be on sale at the interval to add to the cinema experience. The second half of the evening will be full of high spirited rejoicing with the usual patriotic prom favourites. Flags will be loaned on the understanding that they are waved vigorously and the singing by the audience is loud.

Music is by award winning Championship Section Wingates Band – one of the most versatile and entertaining bands in the North of England. They achieved rave reviews from their recent performance in the play Brassed Off at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. The church organ will also feature in the music. Special guests include soprano Kaitlin Wineyard.

Ribble Valley Music Festival chairman Clive Greenwood said: “Any good film will immerse you and provoke various feelings and responses. It is the magic cocktail of picture, words and music that gives you some unforgettable experiences, and of these, music is the catalyst that plays an important part in film by helping to tell the story and affecting emotions. We have been mindful of this in producing the event with the selection of music and specially prepared effects to provide an enjoyable experience beyond simply the music on its own.”

Last Night of the Chatburn Proms takes place at 8 pm on September 18th at Christ Church, Chatburn. Tickets are £10 including complimentary home-made cake, tea, coffee and wine, and all proceeds are donated to the church. The Chatburn Proms have been fully booked in the previous two years, so people are advised to obtain their tickets soon from Roy Porter Butcher or call 01200 441624 or 01254 384893.